There's been a recurring story circulating around the planet since my birthday, April 3rd, last year. It has to do with the decline in sales of netbooks with the incredible success of the iPad. Essentially, the idea is that netbook sales are suffering because everyone who wanted a highly portable computer is ignoring the 30,000円 Atom-based devices for Apple's tablet computer. While I would be foolish to say "correlation does not imply causation" here, this is exactly what I'm going to say.
At the end of 2009 I wrote a blog post that briefly discussed one of the biggest pet-peeves that I have about living in Japan; buying books. Or, more accurately, my inability to buy books. A multitude of titles have been put out by authors I have enjoyed over and over again but, because I live outside of North America, I am not able to easily get my hands on these new works without asking a friend going overseas to bring it back, or jumping through all kinds of hoops to have it special-ordered in. Unfortunately, in the 16 months since that post was written, nothing has changed.
When it comes to Twitter clients for Windows, MetroTwit is by far my favorite. I've tried a good portion of them; from TweetDeck to Seesmic (Air, Desktop, and Web) to various Chrome extensions, but none of them offer most of what I'm looking for. MetroTwit, while still missing a few things, is visually and functionally the best I've used on Windows. That said, there are times when I'm at a complete loss for words.
With the onward progression of technology and rapid development of science, we humans are answering a lot of the fundamental questions that have plagued deep thinkers since before Aristotle opened his first academy of higher learning. Questions like 'why are we here?' and 'are we alone in the universe?' have been debated ad nauseam for centuries, and will continue to be for centuries more. Unfortunately, one of the tools that we have been using to answer one of these questions has run into a bit of a snag.
Earlier today I received a desperate email from a friend who has recently inherited the job of "database guy" at work. Unfortunately for him, he has little interest in being in charge of the database and even less chance of having the duty assigned to someone else. Unfortunately for me, this means that I'll be his go-to guy whenever he runs into a problem that needs a little more knowledge than he can find in the first 30 seconds on Google.
Another day for round numbers! It's clear that such things as blog stats rarely matter anymore, but this is one that I couldn't resist after a little false start back in December. This site has finally hit 3000 comments, with Tornadoes28 pushing the counter past 2999. Not including my replies, 144 people have stopped by to leave 1833 comments, the most popular of which was a post from back in 2008 that gained a lot more attention than it should have.
While clearing out last night's spam, this gem popped out as being noticeably different from the regular, run of the mill stuff: